Don’t touch

Our friend, Jeannie, came to visit. We decided Moorten Botanical Garden should be at the top of our things-to-do list in Palm Springs, since she is an amazing gardener (more on her garden here). On Wednesday afternoon, we walked over to the Garden and saw the sign on the gate: “CLOSED on Wednesday.”   Nooooooo!

Jeannie had to leave before she could visit Moorten, but we were intrigued by what lay behind that gate so returned on our own a few days later.

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Moorten was established almost 80 years ago.

Moorten Botanical Garden

Hair brush cactus has intriguing needles and reminded us of little stars.

The many small balls of the mammalaria cactuses were nicely paired with agave plants. Those reddish-brown lava rocks really set off the green desert plants.

The many small balls of the mammalaria cactuses were nicely paired with agave plants. Those reddish-brown lava rocks really set off the green desert plants.

Moorten provides a perfect setting for birds. We saw Anna’s hummingbirds (photo), verdins, and white-crowned sparrows.

Moorten provides a perfect setting for birds. We saw Anna’s hummingbirds (photo), verdins, and white-crowned sparrows.

Moorten Botanical Garden

Have you ever seen a plant like this?

Agave americana 'Variegata', the century plant, had octopus-like leaves.

Agave americana ‘Variegata’, the century plant, had octopus-like leaves.

And this plant had curly tendrils.

And this plant had curly tendrils.

The rustic sign outside and the small size of the property might have misled us to think that this might be a waste of time and money. (There’s a $4 entry fee). Fortunately, we had read reviews before we went and those encouraged us to pay a visit. The garden was splendid, and we spent a couple hours there enjoying everything we saw. The only caution we would offer: Please don’t touch the plants.

 

January 2016

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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8 Responses to Don’t touch

  1. plaidcamper says:

    What a great garden – with some odd specimens! Enjoyed the tour, thank you.

  2. Cliff Mail says:

    I guess you would be taking care to look where you were walking. Looks great

  3. What is that wrinkly plant?

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